What to Watch This Weekend: Dakota Johnson’s Persuasion, a French Thriller, and Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

Ready to settle down with a good movie or TV show as the week rolls to a close and the summer heat sets in? Vogue’s picks this weekend lean heavily toward film, and will especially please any Francophiles out there. First, there’s Claire Denis’s latest film—a subversive romantic drama starring Juliette Binoche—as well as the charming comedy Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris starring Lesley Manville and Isabelle Huppert, both in theaters now. But there’s still something you can watch from the comfort of your sofa, too—namely, Dakota Johnson’s delightful (if divisive) new riff on Jane Austen’s Persuasion, which premiered on Friday via Netflix.

Here, find Vogue’s recommendations for what to watch this weekend, whether on a Saturday night in, or a lazy Sunday morning.


Dakota Johnson as Anne Elliot, Izuka Hoyle as Henrietta Musgrove, Nia Towle as Louisa Musgrove, and Mia McKenna-Bruce as Mary Elliot in Persuasion, on Netflix on 15 July.Photo: Nick Wall / Courtesy of Netflix

When the first trailer for the new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved final novel, Persuasion, debuted in June, it sent the internet into a flurry with its inclusion of Fleabag-style asides and intentionally ahistorical costuming. Vogue was the first to get the scoop on the film’s fresh take on Regency England. “With period pieces, I’m always interested in there being a connection between then and now,” the director, Carrie Cracknell, told Vogue in June. “I think period films often teach you as much about the moment they were made in as they do the moment that they’re replicating, somehow.” So what are you waiting for? Come to your own conclusions after watching this weekend.

Persuasion is streaming on Netflix now. 

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Gregoire Colin as François and Juliette Binoche as Sara in Both Sides of the Blade.Photo: Courtesy of Curiosa Films

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